I am very blessed to have 2 children who absolutely adore hearing about our nation’ history and things that have happened at a time way before them. My son is currently very interested in learning about Native Americans and I was very excited when I got a copy of Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of Little Bighorn by Paul Goble to review. It’s always wonderful to find literature that appeals to your child’s interests.
The book is told through the eyes of a Lakota warrior on the night of June 25, 1876 when General Custer foolishly attacked 3 Indian Tribes with chiefs including Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Part of the appeal to this story was the beautiful Native American drawings throughout the book. My children are young – only 2 and 5 – so this book was quite frankly way above their heads. But that was just fine. They enjoyed looking at the illustrations and I paraphrased what I could so they could understand a little bit. The story I would say would be more suitable for a child around the age of 7 or 8.
Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of Little Bighorn would be the perfect addition to any home or school library or the perfect teaching tool in your classroom.